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John Bentley's

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American, Contemporary
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2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061-4003 (Selby Ln.)
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Redwood City, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have been enjoying John Bentley's for many years, going back well into the days during which the restaurant occupied the old Woodside fire house. The menu has changed slightly, and the specials are always a delight. One thing that has changed though is that the wine list has really gone up in price. I searched high and wide for bottles... More 

Thank CJJ4
Palo Alto, California
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96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started our dinner with one of the most magnificent appetizers that I've had: a salad, described as a Napoleon, that had a good amount of fresh Dungeness crab, grilled watermelon (the grilling makes it even sweeter) and avocado with a delicious, light dressing. This is a TO DIE FOR starter, if you love crab.

Thank Coastman3
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Restaurant greeted us warmly as we arrived for a long anticipated dinner with friends; their menu is enticing - choosing among great sounding dishes required thought, Result: Both service and food were excellent

Thank elijahCA
Redwood City, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've had almost every entree on the menu, and they were all excellent. Every waiter I've had there provided great service. The atmosphere is relaxed yet classy. The building looks good too.

Thank jw12379
Redwood City, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a special place to go especially for special occasions. I consider one of the best restaurants on the Peninsula. Food is wonderful as is the service. Reservations, probably at least a week in advance, are a must. My only disappointment with John Bentley's is when I call too late to get a reservation.

Thank sswopecajs
San Francisco, CA
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101 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

John has been in this location for years, with free and plentiful parking in the rear, and is consistently very good. His foie gras is outstanding, and you will find a number of other highly inventive dishes, especially appetizers routinely utilizing watermelon, artichoke, and eggplant, among others. The staff is attentive and responsive: if you want a small cool Sauternes... More 

Thank MHSanFrancisco
San Mateo, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

This restaurant is wonderfully unusual as it is casual fine dining. The bar is welcoming and you can also eat at the bar. The atmosphere is warm. We started at the bar with great cocktails. The bartender and clientele at the bar were friendly. We sat down to dinner and, once again, were greeted by a friendly professional server. He... More 

Nome, Alaska
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176 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

We almost left. The noise from the bar area, particularly the blasting voice of the bartender, was unbearable. Es asked loud waiter but we were ignored. The food was average but priced were excessive considering the quality of preparation. Take the happy reviews with reservations.

Thank Magellan008
Fair Oaks, California
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went there for dinner and loved the food. O had a calamari salad with mango, pineapple and carrot that was fantastic. My husband loved his butter lettuce salad We both had the scallops as a main course and they were done perfectly. There was a loud person in the bar which disturbed the otherwise lovely atmosphere.... More 

Thank DiDifoodie
Redwood City, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Subdued lighting, an atmosphere of a bygone era...it wouldn't surprise me in the least. Food, service and presentation that lives up to expectations. Here's a thought: K&L Wines is maybe two blocks away on the same side of El Camino. Several days prior to your dinner reservation, peruse K&L's website for the wine...or two...of your dreams and make your purchase... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $40
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061-4003
    (Selby Ln.)
  • Public Transportation: AC Transit
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Redwood City
  • Phone Number: 650-365-7777

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?